A Greek charter plane made an emergency landing at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Thursday after the pilot had sent out a distress signal, an airport official told AFP.

"The airport was placed on a state of alert after receiving a distress message about a technical problem but the aircraft landed without incident," the official said.

Reports said the aircraft, which was flying to Tel Aviv, was carrying 168 passengers.

Israeli media had earlier identified the aircraft as a Jordanian passenger plane.